Winder starts push for community housing

WINDER -- City administrator Bob Beck announced Tuesday that the Winder Community Housing Initiative committee will attend training in Griffin at the end of this month. Winder was recently selected as a participating city in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing Program.

The GICH program is a partnership between the University of Georgia's Housing and Demographics Research Center, the Georgia Municipal Association and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

According to Beck, the goal of the program in Winder is to provide attractive, affordable housing to residents. Blighted areas in the city, and those areas which are becoming blighted, will be targeted and revitalized as a result of this initiative.

Two police officers praised

Police chief Stanley Rodgers took the opportunity at Tuesday's city council meeting to honor two of his police officers, Brian Foster and Ryan Wheeler. These two men, while on duty recently, came to the aid of a stranded mother and her children when the vehicle they were in ran out of gas.

Officer Foster stayed with the woman and her children while Wheeler went to a nearby gas station and got gasoline for the car. The gas station attendant also assisted the woman, taking a starter check in payment for the fuel, as the woman had no cash with her.

"This is the second time in as many months that I've gotten to recognize some of our officers," said Rodgers, who in January gave kudos to two other officers for going beyond the call of duty.

"This is the difference people find in Winder. We're very proud of these officers,"